The Cure
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Genres
Rock, Alternative, Indie
Location
Crawley, Sussex
Labels
Suretone Records / Universal
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The Cure

One of the more influential New Wave bands in history, The Cure have churned out more than 10 studio albums over the course of four decades. Though more of a post-punk band in the early years, the Cure exploded onto international fame in the late '80s with more pop-friendly hits like “Just Like Heaven” and “Friday I’m in Love.”

Front man Robert Smith, the Cure’s only truly permanent member throughout the years, founded the Cure in the late '70s to moderate success in the United Kingdom. Bassist Simon Gallup and guitarist Port Thompson have been the most consistent contributing musicians the Cure have had over the years, but make no mistake, the Cure is Robert Smith’s brainchild.

The Cure made Goth Rock cool, albeit after they gave up the Goth Rock label. Built around their bass riffs and vocals full of imagery, the Cure became successful off layering their music perfectly and hitting home with their listeners through their lyrics.

The Cure debuted their first album, The Imaginary Boys, in 1979, and the next year followed up with Seventeen Seconds. Prior to these albums, the band drew some acclaim off the singles “Killing an Arab” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”

It would not be until their third album, Faith, when the Cure received some commercial success in the U.K. After years of great success in the U.K., the Cure made it big internationally in 1989 with their hit single “Just Like Heaven,” a perfectly composed rocker that would be the band’s first Top 40 Billboard hit. At this point, the Cure left their goth roots for a more pop-friendly image.

Robert Smith’s beautifully written imagery lyrics for songs such as “Lovesong,” “Pictures of You” and “Friday I’m In Love” would catapult The Cure and Robert Smith to superstardom in the late ‘80s and early '90s. All five studio albums The Cure released between 1985 and 1995 would at least go Gold in the United States, with three going platinum.

In May 2012 renowned guitarist Reeves Gabrels joined The Cure in time for 'Summercure 2012', a run of 19 major European summer festival headline spots, starting at Pinkpop and ending at Eire's Electric Picnic, including epic sets at Roskilde, Werchter, Hurricane, the bands first ever show in Russia at the Maxidrom Festival, Les Eurockeenes, Vieilles Charrues, Paleo and Reading & Leeds along the way. All the shows were filmed in various formats... "with a future DVD release in mind"!

April 2013 saw The Cure flying out to Rio de Janeiro for the first show of a stadium tour of Latin America, with debut performances in Paraguay, Chile, Peru and Colombia, a return to Buenos Aires for the first time in 26 years and a truly monumental final 50 song 257 minute Mexican concert to celebrate Robert's birthday, as a 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the Foro Sol around them! All 9 shows were filmed by Tim Pope... In July the band set off on a 13 day trip around the world billed as 'The Great Circle Tour', headlining South Korea's Ansan Rock, Japan's Fuji Rock, Chicago's Lollapalooza and Canada's Osheaga festivals, via another inaugural show in Honolulu, Hawaii! In October the band returned to the USA to close out two consecutive Saturday nights at the Austin City Limits festival, playing in Monterrey and El Paso in between days... In November The Cure played their final concert of the year, a stirring final appearance at New Orleans infamous Voodoo festival...

In March 2014 The Cure played two colossal nights at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, and in May they travel back to the USA to headline the Bottlerock Napa Valley Festival...

...to be continued!

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